Why Go to a Dentist for Botulinum Toxin?

Why Go to a Dentist for Botulinum Toxin?

Posted by Dr. Alicia Abeyta DDS FAGD on Mar 18 2021, 12:53 AM

Why go to a dentist for botulinum toxin, otherwise known as Botox treatment?  It is now estimated that almost 20% of North American dentists are performing Botox and dermal filler therapy, whether for cosmetic or therapeutic reasons. 

The Difference Between Botox and Dermal Fillers:

Botox is a protein that can be injected into the facial muscles.  It doesn’t affect the muscles themselves. It blocks the transmitters in the nerves that trigger the muscles and stops them from contracting. This halts the motion that induces wrinkles. Three to ten days after the treatment, the skin surrounding these muscles smooths itself out.

Dermal fillers are injections that replace the collagen and fat in the skin that naturally wane as we age, leading to thinning lips and deep wrinkles.

Benefits of Botox

Besides the cosmetic effects, studies have shown that Botox helps patients with facial pain, TMJ and bruxism.  Botox injections can retrain muscles to help people adjust to dentures or oral devices. In such cases, having a trained dentist who understands the aesthetic and dental part of the procedure administer the injections, is truly beneficial.

Dentists are experts of the muscle and bone architecture of the face. Their training and experience are steeped in facial structure and muscles. They have trained for numerous years and have a background that equips them with the ability to achieve more precise and natural-looking results than other Botox health professionals. 

Other reasons to go to a dentist for Botox treatment:

  • Though a dermatologist or plastic surgeon is definitely qualified, in most cases, it is the Physician’s Assistant or nurse who administers the Botox injections. 
  • Most patients, who receive cosmetic treatments, report that injections done by dentists are less painful and quicker than injections done by other healthcare workers.

As knowledge about the dental applications of Botox expands, more and more states are allowing dentists to administer Botox. For safe and effective Botox treatment and cosmetic dentistry in Albuquerque, NM contact Dr. Abeyta at (505) 293-7611. 

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